Is he for real? Internet can't decide if elderly Ninja Warrior contestant is as old as he claims to be

Is he for real? Internet can't decide if elderly Ninja Warrior contestant is as old as he claims to be
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[Update, Sept 5]: Turns out the 'old man' is actually Matt Iseman - the host of the show American Ninja Warrior - and his apparent 'wife' is actually his mother.

A Twitter post on Iseman's page gave a teaser into the episode.

An eagle-eyed reader emailed us about the tweet and so did a commenter on our Facebook page - thanks guys!

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A rather inspiring video has been making its round on the internet but it is not your usual sobfest.

In fact, it may make you want to start hitting the gym.

Those familiar with the hit TV show from the US, Ninja Warrior, might understand the strength needed to best the obstacle course that contestants are put through in the show.

Originally from Japan, the game usually involves intense climbing, swinging and more often than not, the final plunge into the water that marks the end of a person's turn in the game.

A video of an elderly man taking part in the show has since gone viral - most likely due the strength displayed despite his old age.

He is identified as 81-year-old Arthur Hickenlooper, a retired postal worker from Denver.

The video, which is slightly over six-minutes long, has garnered over 14 million views since it was first posted on Sept 2 on Facebook.

But, as with every story that starts chatter online, a debate soon unfolded as to whether or not Hickenlooper is, well, as old as he claims to be.

At press time, the most-liked comment of the video on Ninja Warrior's official Facebook page is: "Is it just me or is that the fakest old dude ever?"

Another said: "I was more impressed that the rubber mask makeup didn't fall off."

The man's wife, who appeared in the video, wasn't spared either.

One netizen commented: "Wonder how much they had to pay that nice lady for acting like his wife."

Old or not, one thing's as clear as day: The man (or ninja) is made of steel.

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As the old saying goes: don't judge a book by it's cover!

Posted by Ninja Warrior on Friday, 1 September 2017

ssandrea@sph.com.sg

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